EAST HEMET – A man died after he crashed while riding a small, lawnmower-engine powered scooter Feb. 9. The fatal accident happened in the area of Girard Street and Poppy Drive in the unincorporated area of East Hemet.
California Highway Patrol officers, Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters, and AMR medics responded to the scene of the deadly wreck about 1:20 p.m., after the accident was reported to emergency dispatchers.
When emergency first responders arrived at scene they found the victim, who witnesses described as a white male adult, suffering from major, traumatic head injuries. The man had not been wearing a helmet when the accident happened.
The victim was not breathing and firefighter/paramedics immediately began CPR and other life-saving efforts; however, the man succumbed to his injuries and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials have not provided further information about the victim, pending notification of his family.
While firefighters treated the victim, CHP officials conducted an investigation into the fatal accident.
“A gentleman on a homemade motorized bike was travelling westbound on Poppy,” when the accident happened, according to a CHP officer at the scene.
“The victim was travelling “at an undetermined rate of speed;” however, “witnesses say he was going pretty fast,” the officer explained.
The rider ran a stop sign at the intersection before he collided with a raised curb, according to the officer. The impact caused the rider to be “ejected head-first into the bushes.”
Alcohol and/or drug intoxication had not been ruled out as contributing factors in the crash, pending a coroner’s investigation and toxicology reports.
CHP officers and Riverside County firefighters were still at the scene of the accident at 2:30 p.m., awaiting the arrival of coroner’s officials.
The accident investigation is active and ongoing.
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Trevor Montgomery spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg in an off-duty accident.
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.
Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.